Daily Archives: December 21, 2017

Preparing Your Cows for A Successful Breeding Season

Preparing Your Cows for A Successful Breeding Season

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made prior to calving. As we move into the winter feeding period, cattlemen need to review their management plan to ensure optimal rebreeding and success. Rebreeding efficiency can be optimized by focusing on body condition score (BCS), early assistance during calving difficulty, scheduling a breeding soundness exam for the herd sires, planning their herd reproductive health program, and developing a plan to regulate estrus in their first-calf heifers and late-calving cows.

Full Story

IBBA to Host 2018 World Brangus® Congress

IBBA to Host 2018 World Brangus® Congress

The International Brangus® Breeders Association (IBBA) is proud to host guests from more than 14 countries at the 2018 World Brangus Congress (WBC) Feb. 27 – March 3, in Houston, Texas. Highlights of the WBC itinerary include a day at Texas A&M University, a night at Rodeo Houston, discussion from industry leaders and experts, world-class shopping and entertainment, the WBC Gala event, and more.

Full Story

Beef Heifer Replacement Forecasts for the 2017 – 2018 Production Season

Beef Heifer Replacement Forecasts for the 2017 – 2018 Production Season

Randy Saner, Matt Stockton

University of Nebraska

What is a respectable value to pay for a beef replacement heifer for the coming 2017-2018 production season? Like many decisions, this can be complicated by many factors, but none the less important to have a handle on to make the best production and business choices for continued success of the ranching operation.

Full Story

Wean as a Means of Gaining Saleable Pounds

Wean as a Means of Gaining Saleable Pounds

Loretta Sorensen


Over 45 years on the farm, Ted Lacey has learned small changes in his beef operation can significantly impact the bottom line. After learning how fenceline weaning reduces stress in a herd, the Trent, South Dakota, cattleman adopted the practice, using hotwire and permanent fencing to separate cows and calves.

Full Story

Impacts of Nutrient Restriction on Heifer Pregnancy Success

Impacts of Nutrient Restriction on Heifer Pregnancy Success

Erin Beck, Julie Walker


Understanding the factors impacting reproductive failure within heifers is critical to implementing management strategies that will improve heifers’ chances of remaining within the beef herd and successfully producing calves.

Full Story

What is the repeatability of calving difficulty?

What is the repeatability of calving difficulty?

Western Livestock Journal

Recently an Oklahoma cow-calf producer asked about the repeatability of calving difficulty in young cows. He had a 2-year-old heifer that endured a very difficult delivery. After the event is over and the cow and calf are doing well, the rancher can’t help but ask the question: “If a heifer has calving difficulty this year, what is the likelihood that she will have trouble again next year?”

Full Story

How Much Hay do I Need to Feed?

How Much Hay do I Need to Feed?

Glenn Selk


Calculating the amount of hay that is needed on both a short term and over the course of an entire winter are mathematical exercises that are required on any cow calf enterprise.  There are scientifically based “rules-of-thumb” that can make these mathematical exercises more precise.

Full Story

AgYield Cattle Calculator

AgYield Cattle Calculator


This AgYield calculator allows you to easily identify potential risks in your cattle marketing plan at various price scenarios. Use the calculator to create and test different strategies to minimize those risks.

Full Story

Winter Feeding Hay in the Field

Winter Feeding Hay in the Field

AG Web

Beef cattle producers have traditionally grazed cows through the summer months and then fed hay rations in confinement settings through the non-grazing days. It is a logical system that usually allows farmers to deal best with regions of heavy snowfall, access to barn shelter, automatic waterers and can be relatively time efficient.

Full Story

Is Agriculture Security At Risk? More Than You Realize

Is Agriculture Security At Risk? More Than You Realize

Sara Brown

Farm Journal

The Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Dec. 13, hosted by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) discussed the importance of securing a safe food supply and preparing for an agro-terrorism attack.

Full Story